Thursday, May 26, 2011

Keep Jersey City Children Reading this summer, Support the JCPL Summer Reading Program!

Message from: Ms. Sonia Araujo, Assistant Library Director
Jersey City Free Public Library
472 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, New Jersey 07302

It is with much expectation and enthusiasm, the children of Jersey City are invited each year to participate in the annual Jersey City Free Public Library Summer Reading Program, one of the most successful and rewarding programs the Library offers to the public. The program runs for 8 weeks from end of June to August and is offered in the Bonetti Children’s Room at the Main Library and in all library branches throughout the City, it includes children from public, charter, parochial and home-schooled children. The Bookmobile is also on hand to fill in any gaps at local parks, festivals, and summer schools sessions. This program attracts over 500 children each year, who collectively read over 2,000 books every summer!

This year, the New Jersey Statewide Summer Reading Program (SRP) theme is "One World, Many Stories" for children in grades K-5. Imagine all the wonderful places children can read about! The accompanying activities – crafts, movies, and participating in educational/recreational trips – punctuate the theme, while creating lifelong friendships in a safe environment. A separate program theme, "You are Here," which is for young adults in grades 6-8 and up, is specially geared to bring in those hard-to-reach, “too old to read” young adults by offering them special performers, movies, trips and crafts, while encouraging them to read to the top of the charts!

The Library provides a warm, supervised and welcoming environment, surrounded by their peers, where they can listen to, discuss and read books on topics they select, and the program encourages continued reading independently in the future. Students participating in public library summer reading programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year, and were more motivated and confident in their reading.

The Library is eager to start preparations, for we want parents and children alike to know the Library will be available to them, again, this coming summer. However, due to massive cuts in the Library’s budget t your help is needed to implement the program. All contributions are tax deductible and can be made out to the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation / 2011 Summer Reading Program.

Please contact me at (201) 547-4549, or by email,, with your desire to help the Library’s Summer Reading Program in 2011!


Sonia Araujo

P.S. Your monetary or in-kind contribution can assure the safety and happiness of Jersey City children this summer by helping them gain access to a world of learning through reading at their local library, along with access to a summer of fun! The Gold Coast can be made more golden if the opportunity to achieve is open to everyone, especially to our children. Please check out the attached Wish List to see how you can help!

Here are a few of the expenses that we will incur for the 2011 Summer Reading Program. We understand the economy is hard for everyone; however, you can make the difference. The following is a breakdown of expenses:

Incentives: T-Shirts, bookmarks, key rings, erasers, pencils& certificates for Children &YAs -
$ 1,200.00

Children’s Trip: 80-90 children, with chaperones, to Keansburg Amusement Park - $ 1,600.00

YA trip: 80-90 Young Adults, with chaperones, to Great Adventure - $ 2,500.00

One day @ Camp Liberty in Liberty State Park for 125-150 children, transportation & snacks included: Children are able to swim, play ball, do crafts, and experience camp for a day, free of charge $ 2,000.00
Transportation: Four buses @ 500.00 each - $ 2,000.00

Craft Materials: Paper, glue, glitter, magic makers, paints, brushes, and other art supplies for 500 participants - $ 1,600.00

Movies/DVDs: Purchase on themes for both Children/YAs - $ 1,740.00
Participants are awarded a Certificate of Achievement at culmination parties, whether they read one or 100 books. All children/YAs from branches /departments participate in their achievements! -
$ 3,300.00

Total Expenses for SRP 2011
$ 1,200.00 Incentives
$ 1,600.00 Children’s Trip
$ 2,500.00 YA Trip
$ 2,000.00 Camp Liberty admission, transportation & food
$ 2,000.00 Trip Transportation
$ 1,600.00 Craft Materials
$ 1,740.00 Movies/DVDs
$ 3,300.00 Refreshments
$15, 940.00 GRAND TOTAL

Please make your tax-deductible donations payable to: Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, Inc. / 2011 Summer Reading Program. Please send to: 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302,
ATTN: Priscilla Gardner, Executive Director

The Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, Inc. is chartered in Jersey City as a 501(c)(3) organization to receive charitable gifts. Benefactors can contribute to the foundation with gifts of cash, property, securities or real estate, trust arrangements, bequests in wills and by naming the foundation as beneficiary of a life insurance policy. The JCFPL Foundation hopes to encourage individuals and organizations to make financial contributions to the Foundation to assure that the library can continue its exceptional service far into the future. The Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, Inc. was established on January 27, 2004 to support the mission of the library: to provide services and materials for the education, enrichment and entertainment of the people of Jersey City.

Thank you! During SRP 2011, please drop by the branches or the Main and see what your contributions have made possible.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Teachers' Alert-A conversation on Multicultural education and curriculum

Like It Is with Gil Noble and Adelaide Sanford- May 15, 2011
This episode of Like It is of interest to all educators especially those in urban and multicultural education. It provides a history of parallel cultures in the United States, a viewpoint on the difficulties of curriculum reform and strategies to be used to overcome disparities in education.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Jersey City Girls Talk Back on Monday, May 9, 2011


The Community's Worst Enemy?
Jersey City Girls Talk Back!
Monday, May 9th , 2011
Gothic Lounge ( Hepburn 202)
New Jersey City University

2039 Kennedy Boulevard

Jersey City, NJ 07305

A forum facilitated by: Dr. Jacqueline Ellis, Dr. Ann Wallace, and Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams
Featuring: Patricia Bombelyn, Lawyer and social activist; Nathaniel Briggs, Vice-President, New Jersey NAACP; Barbara Milton, Ph.D., LCSW, author of “Our Pride and Joy: Stories about Hudson County Teens” blog.

Sponsored by the Black Alumni, Administrators, Faculty, Staff and Students Organization, the Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center, Women’s and Gender Studies.

Tell our Young Women Stories of Those Female Teens Who Have Proceeded Them:

Melba Patillo Beals
Warriors Don’t Cry: a searing memoir of the battle to integrate Little Rock's Central High
Juv. 371.97 .B366w 2002

Claudette Colvin : twice toward justice
Juv. 323.0The Community's Worst Enemy?
Jersey City Girls Talk Back!

Claudette Colvin : twice toward justice
Juv. 323.092 .H789c

Freedom riders : 1961 and the struggle for racial justice
E185.61 .A69 2006

Defying the odds : triumphant Black women of Newark
F144 .N653 K85 2005

Learn What Can Be Done

Urban girls revisited : building strengths HV1431 .U734 2007
Beyond appearance : a new look at adolescent girls F144 .N653 K85 2005
Coming into her own : educational success in girls and women LC1503 .C65 1999
Stand by Me: the risks and rewards of mentoring today’s youth HV 1431.R48 2002


The souls of Black girls: a documentary film V3088

Monday, May 9th, 2011 at 6pm (H202, NJCU ) Stand Up for our Young Women as they Speak Up for Themselves!

For more information call: Dr. Jacqueline Ellis, (201) 200 3170 or Dr. Ann Wallace, (201) 200 2015

Free Comic Book Day- 5/7/11

It is the 10th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day!

Where can you get your free Comic Book?

Where can you attend Creator Signings of Comic Book Writers and Illustrators on Free Comic Book Day?

For more information see